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Two days outside of London: Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon

Two days outside of London: Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon

Nov 1st, 2006, 08:49 AM
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Thanks capkirk1 -

I love Tolkien and Lewis. - Some of my favorite childhood memories involve reading and daydreaming about Middle Earth and Narnia. So those are two great suggestions for me.

Is "capkirk" a Star Trek based nickname? I also love Star Trek. (I'm obviously into escapism...LOL.)
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Nov 1st, 2006, 10:53 AM
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Here's a start for Oxford


Try Marlborough House on Woodstock Rd. It's a mile or more from center of Oxford, but there is excellent bus service along Woodstock. Burlington House is suppose to be very good but I've not stayed there.


Browns is family friendly and has a good menu. I can recommend Pierre Victoire on Little Clarenden St. Excellent food, good service and well-priced. Ask is another idea. It's Italian and nothing fancy but the food is fine and it's reasonably priced. Quod is also good but more expensive than Ask,busy and even too noisy at times IMO. Pubs can be a good choice too. The best are probaby The Turf and The Bear Tavern (one of Oxford's oldest). The Eagle and Child is referred to by locals as the Bird and Baby.

For sightseeing: The Covered Market is interesting and don't miss Ben's Cookies, the best! Also The Ashmolean Museum, The Oxford Story, Blackwell's, whic I think is one of G.B.'s best bookstores.They also do guided tours as does the TIC.

An excellent website for Oxford is www.oxfordcity guide.com
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Nov 1st, 2006, 12:44 PM
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Sorry crazy4Hawaii, no Star Trek reference; just my last name. Although I do tell people that he's my great, great, great, great grandson; and, since it's in the future, no one can prove me wrong (yet). I'm sure you'll have a great time in Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon. Travel safely.
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Nov 1st, 2006, 12:46 PM
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We took the bus from the Victoria Coach Station (one block away from Victoria Station) to Oxford on the National bus. Quick service, nice touring type bus and only 15 minutes longer than taking the train and much cheaper.

We ate at the Nosebag restaurant. Very casual but lots of good food and veggies and salads. Read up on Oxford and walk and walk. It's wonderful to peak in the colleges and go in the churches that are opened and climb Carfax Tower. Eagle and Child is a must if only to read about Lewis and Tolkien and imagine them there. My sons enjoyed the tour of Christ Church and the locations that were used for Harry Potter. We loved Oxford.
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Nov 7th, 2006, 04:56 AM
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search for restaurant recommendations Warwickshire.... for list of restaurants in Stratford and surrounds.
Will a Bed and Breakfast accommodation suffice? Appletrees at 194 Evesham Rd Stratford comes highly recommended by friends Tel 00 44 1789 298508
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Nov 7th, 2006, 07:11 AM
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Here's some moderate restaurants in Stratford:

Rose & Crown Pub, Sheep Street
Coconut Lagoon (Indian), 21 Sheep Street
Lamb's, 12 Sheep Street
Hamilton's, 8 Waterside

We liked the Coconut Lagoon, where we had an early dinner before a play.
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Nov 7th, 2006, 06:33 PM
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I went ahead and booked a family room (the Warwick room) at the Emsley. The owners have been delightful; and the reviews and pictures online look promising. Thanks for the dining recommendations, etc. I really appreciate any and all suggestions about anything having to do with Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Nov 14th, 2006, 09:47 AM
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Though lost in the shuffle of the many awesome colleges and their quaint (!) quadrangles that you can visit, the Ashmolean Museum (art, archaeology, etc.) is often overlooked. Yet it can be a pleasant surprise - check it out: www.ashmolean.org -
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Nov 14th, 2006, 10:42 AM
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Ordinarily, the Ashmolean is not just a terrific museum, but astonishingly compact.

But they're rebuilding it till some time in 2008 (or maybe later: for all that they've squeezed out of me, they still claim not to have raised all the money).

Good news: their top 200 artefacts are for the moment all concentrated together to make the place even more compact. And it's free

Bad news: a lot of the other God knows how many million other artefacts (I think it's about 4 million) are practically inaccessible for the moment. The place is a bit of a mess right now. And it's not the first place I'd take a child.

The (also free) University Museum, which is practically a monument to the history of palaeontology discovery, is a much more popular children's destination. At least that's how it looks and sounds every Sunday
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